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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

White bait connection

 New Zealand has lots of species of native fresh water and salt water fish and invertebrates. They live in lakes and streams.

These creatures have a wide range of food in their habitat which include; plants, snails, macro invertebrates and food that has been left out for eels.

Reproduction is a tricky one for native fish. What we do know is that native fish always eat their eggs right where the sea and the river meet. This is called the "Love Zone". The Love Zone is full of reeds so it is perfect.

Nothing cant have threats and this is no different. The threats to whitebait and native fish are mainly human impacts like cows, cow poo and fertilizer. Some other fish like Gamboozia are ex-pet goldfish that have been released.

In conclusion, I think that most whitebait and native fish and are doing very well in our waterways. We should keep it that way.

By Taeo


















Tuesday, September 1, 2020

All Creatures Great and Small- Bug Studies with Puriri Class




We have been working as tuakana and teina this term to investigate the bug life in our school. We have identified different physical features of bugs and classified them based on what we have discovered.

We also worked together to make a bug hotel. Hopefully a lot of bugs check into their new habitat and help us to create a diverse ecosystem in our school.

 


Thursday, May 14, 2020

At Home Passion Projects

This term we have been learning from home. We have been learning heaps of amazing things with our families. We documented the processes we made to share them with our class mates. Check out some of our "At Home Passion Projects" below.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lockdown Lego Challenge

While we are learning from home we have been sharing our ideas on how to keep busy. There are a lot of keen lego creators in our class so I will be updating this post with all of the lego creations that we have made so far.

Kearan's Quad bike and Kayak click on his blog to read more about it.





Friday, February 21, 2020

First Enviro Day of 2020



This week we had our first Enviro day for 2020. We combined with Kauri and Totara class and revisited the Enviro sites around our school. We were looking at each habitat and noticing what made them unique and how we needed to care for them in the future. We thought about what was threatening each habitat. We could see a lot of damage which had been done by the drought and by weeds in each area. We worked with Rob to brainstorm ideas on how we would like these habitats to look in the future and what we needed to do as Kaitiaki to take care of them.
We have a lot of ideas for our Enviro days this year, now we just need to find some helpers....🙋

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Water Safety 2


We had another great Water Safety session with Averil. We practiced saving people in rough conditions. We made the pool rough by splashing and pushing the water with our body boards.
We had to save our friends using the body board. We made sure it was attached to our wrists and threw the body board to them and told them to hold on.
Once they were on we could tow them back to shore. A good way to swim back is to hug the board and swim on your back.



We also learnt some different ways to float:
Lie on your back to save energy.

Mushroom hold is useful in the surf, if you get pushed around in the waves.